Global manufacturer Avgol broke ground this week on 63,000 SF of additional manufacturing and ancillary space as part of a $100 million investment to expand its Davie County facility to include both a sixth multibeam spunlaid production line and a laminate finishing line to meet the growing domestic demand for its ultra-lightweight nonwoven fabrics.
Avgol, which has majority ownership held by Thailand’s Indorama Ventures Limited Company, leads the global hygiene market with the most comprehensive range of ultra-lightweight spun-melt nonwoven fabrics. This new sixth line at the company’s facility in Mocksville will see Avgol investing in new Reicofil 5 (RF5) technology and underlines the company’s commitment to the region as a domestic supplier. This new cutting-edge machinery is expected to be fully operational in November 2024.
The new production line represents the fifth expansion at Avgol’s flagship facility in Davie County since it purchased the plant from Unifi in 2001. It will make the Avgol America Mocksville plant the world’s largest single producer of non-woven fabric.
“I am happy that Indorama approved the investment of $100 million to add this sixth line, which will be the best nonwoven line in the world, here in Mocksville,” Shachar Rachim, CEO of Hygiene Vertical at Indorama, stated during the ceremony attended by North Carolina State Representative Julia Howard and numerous Davie County and Town of Mocksville leaders. “We believe in the United States’ stable and robust economy and feel comfortable with this investment, which will lead to future investments.”
Echoing his sentiments, Sivan Yedidsion, CEO of Avgol, added, “It wasn’t easy to convince our shareholders to invest this much money here, but they have confidence in our team and the previous successful project we’ve done here. We are confident this will be yet another success. We appreciate all the help and support we’ve received from the State of North Carolina, Davie County, and the Town of Mocksville. We also want to thank Ronnie Batchler ( Avgol America VP Sales NA/LA & Business Development), who has been an integral part of building this entire place, Darryl Fournier, VP Operations NA, who will be taking over the operations, and the rest of the team here at Avgol.”
“We want to be a part of this community and considered an employer of choice. It is important to us to attract talented people from the area.”
The expansion will create 52 new jobs by Dec. 31, 2024, at an average annual wage of $55,647. The company currently has 260 employees at its facility at 178 Avgol Drive.
Local officials also shared remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony and offered their continued support.
Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin shared that Avgol America has been a significant partner with Mocksville and the County for over 20 years and expressed his appreciation for the ongoing relationship.
“We thank you for being here. We thank you for being the corporate citizen you are for Davie County,” said Mark Jones, Davie County Board of Commissioners chairman. “We thank you for creating jobs and tax base for the citizens of Davie County. We wish you nothing but the best in the days ahead.”
Representative Howard expressed her pride that Avgol chose Davie County and offered her continued assistance at the state level.
Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Commission, commented, “What you see here is a network of people that work together and accomplish things together. Davie County was just named an All-America County, one of only ten in the United States. And it’s because of everyone’s hard work. We all pull together and work through problems just like you do every day that your facility is online. What you are doing here and the opportunities you provide mean so much to our citizens and young people.”